Imagine Studio

An adaptive re-use project in Mumbai, the Imagine Studio weaves nature, heritage and urbanism through a compelling narrative of evolving contexts.

Photos by Edmund Sumner
STUDIO LOTUS, Edmund Sumner · Imagine Studio
Edmund Sumner

The scheme, which initiated as a design for a marketing office, shaped into an exercise for place-making in ‘The Trees’, a flagship mixed-use master plan for the Godrej Group. The development replaces a large industrial campus in Vikhroli, a site integral to the company’s history. The challenge emerged from the need to relate the forthcoming chapters of the Group’s vision through the realm of its origin. Set in a 1-acre site, the complex spans 1000 sqm covered area. Conceptualized by Studio Lotus and the GPL Design Studio, the project transforms a small cluster of non-descript industrial buildings and its surrounding landscape into commemorative identities seeped indelibly in the developer’s legacy yet an invigorating part of its new purpose.

STUDIO LOTUS, Edmund Sumner · Imagine Studio
Edmund Sumner

The design teams presented the Imagine Studio complex through an attempt to re-envision the customer journey for ‘The Trees’. The storyline for this experiential journey was grounded in authenticity and a larger vision for the city germinated with timeless values.
The intent was to illustrate an invigorated public realm as a microcosm of the master plan while preserving the essence of the site’s industrial heritage. Existing buildings and its elements were recycled not only to underline their relevance in the bygone eras but also add meaning as important design punctuations in the narrative.
The design teams presented the Imagine Studio complex through an attempt to re-envision the customer journey for ‘The Trees’. The storyline for this experiential journey was grounded in authenticity and a larger vision for the city germinated with timeless values.
Programmatically the buildings of the Imagine Studio currently adapt into a marketing office, with sample showcase flats, meeting spaces, a small cafe, as well as several outdoor spaces to market upcoming residential and commercial development properties.

STUDIO LOTUS, Edmund Sumner · Imagine Studio
Edmund Sumner

Two former power co-generation plants and a boiler were repurposed to accommodate new functions as a Studio, Workshop and Cafe respectively. A tall chimney redolent of bygone industrial aesthetic has been treated as a graphic memorial.
The timeless architectural forms derived from the current industrial sheds and the materiality of Concrete, Corten steel, Brass and Timber work on the principle of ‘Wabi-Sabi’, which would allow the buildings to age beautifully with the passage of time. The materials were deliberately chosen to add layers to the sequence of events planned for the project. While Concrete indicates the existing shell work, Corten reinterprets the idea of the original form, which over a period of time bleeds over Concrete.
The old louvers of the primary plant, now the Studio, were recovered and repurposed in Corten steel and perforated with patterns. The design simulates the filtering of light from the leafy canopy of rain trees at the site - changing as the day progresses and connecting the spaces to key memories and identities.

STUDIO LOTUS, Edmund Sumner · Imagine Studio
Edmund Sumner

The newly-designed interiors derive inspiration from the “memory” of the metal silos - cylindrical units that occupy the site. The silhouette of these forms offers contrast to the rigid geometry of the building and hence shows up as a sculptural insert. The silo and chimney suspended within the space root it as a recall of the industrial process and are used internally as a cycloramic projection for the marketing team.
Creating the gateway to the entire development with the Studio, the second co-generator plant has been transformed into the Workshop. A multi-functional space, it houses sample apartments, a meeting area and a multi-purpose gallery for cultural events such as art shows, talks and performances. The interiors connect seamlessly with the outdoors thus expanding the areas of the activities and driving the dynamism of the landscape and the public domain.

The existing Boiler Plant was converted into an all- day café by retaining the structural framework and a boiler tank as a memory of its original intent.

STUDIO LOTUS, Edmund Sumner · Imagine Studio
Edmund Sumner

Coupled with a large chimney, the Studio, Workshop and Boiler Cafe frame a large plaza ideal for activities embodying the brand’s positioning of ‘Live.Work. Learn.Play’. The public spaces come alive through events, a market street, an urban farm, an amphitheater and spaces for public art installations.
The landscape design strategically re-purposes the heritage environ in a more urban, community-centric setting. Amalgamating industrial scrap and integrating them with the plants, it uses them as a story telling device. The Beacon, Market and Legacy Silos add to this journey by varying in character and relevance in the narrative. A Corten steel strip inserted into the layout acts as a guiding pathway that subtly indicates the key experiences of the entire marketing journey.
Buildings of the Imagine Studio will ultimately get absorbed into the commercial hub of the development; continuing to stay on as key markers celebrating the rich traditions of the company while taking it strategically forward into its future.

STUDIO LOTUS, Edmund Sumner · Imagine Studio
Edmund Sumner

STUDIO LOTUS, Edmund Sumner · Imagine Studio
Edmund Sumner
STUDIO LOTUS, Edmund Sumner · Imagine Studio
Edmund Sumner
STUDIO LOTUS, Edmund Sumner · Imagine Studio
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STUDIO LOTUS, Edmund Sumner · Imagine Studio
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STUDIO LOTUS, Edmund Sumner · Imagine Studio
Edmund Sumner
STUDIO LOTUS, Edmund Sumner · Imagine Studio
Edmund Sumner
STUDIO LOTUS, Edmund Sumner · Imagine Studio
Edmund Sumner
STUDIO LOTUS, Edmund Sumner · Imagine Studio
Edmund Sumner
STUDIO LOTUS, Edmund Sumner · Imagine Studio
Edmund Sumner
STUDIO LOTUS, Edmund Sumner · Imagine Studio
Edmund Sumner
STUDIO LOTUS, Edmund Sumner · Imagine Studio
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STUDIO LOTUS, Edmund Sumner · Imagine Studio
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STUDIO LOTUS, Edmund Sumner · Imagine Studio
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